CLEMSON — Melur K. “Ram” Ramasubramanian has been appointed chairman of the mechanical engineering department in Clemson University’s College of Engineering and Science.

Most recently, Ramasubramanian was the lead program director for the National Science Foundation’s IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) program. IGERT was developed to meet the challenges of educating Ph.D. scientists, engineers and educators in the U.S. By introducing them to a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries, IGERT is contributing to the development of a diverse, globally engaged science and engineering workforce.

“Successfully leading the large and complex IGERT program has refined my educational philosophies, improved my strategic thinking and helped me develop sound fiscal management skills,” said Ramasubramanian. “But perhaps most importantly, my NSF experience has also given me a national perspective on cutting-edge research areas and research funding trends across most NSF programs.“

Prior to becoming the IGERT program director, Ramasubramanian was a professor at North Carolina State University, where he was the director of the mechatronics program in the mechanical and aerospace engineering department. He also held an associate faculty appointment in the joint NCSU-UNC Biomedical Engineering Department.

His research interests lie in developing new biomedical devices and procedures that improve health and quality of life. His efforts build on his expertise in biomechatronics, biomimetics, Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems and microfluidics. He holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Syracuse University, is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He recently was elected a Fellow of the Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI).

“We are fortunate to have someone of Ram’s background and experience coming to Clemson,” said R. Larry Dooley, interim dean of the college. “His vision for a collaborative ME department will allow us to continue attracting the best and brightest students and faculty to our mechanical engineering program.”

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